Leo, Leonardo

Leo, Leonardo
b San Vito degli Schiavoni, 5 Aug 1694; d Naples, 31 Oct 1744

Leonardo Leo was one of the leading Neapolitan composers of his day, particularly in the genres of theatre and church music. He was also a talented composer of vocal chamber music, his cantate da camera being particularly good examples of the genre.

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Introit for Passion Sunday
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Introits, graduals, tracts etc for Ash Wednesday
£15.95
Lessons for Thursday of Holy Week
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Lessons for Wednesday of Holy Week
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Lessons for the Friday of Holy Week
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Sacred madrigal for SSATB+SATB
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Miserere Mei Deus for 2 choirs
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Gradual and tract for Ash Wednesday
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1744 introit, gradual and tract for Ash Wednesday
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Cantata da camera à soprano solo
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à soprano solo con violini
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Communio for soprano and organ
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Leo: Introit - Judica me Deus
Forces: SATB & continuo

Source: BL Egerton 2466

The introit for Passion Sunday. Dramatic with some very interesting harmonic language.

Editor: James Sanderson

Introit for Passion Sunday
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Leo: Introite e Graduale per le Ceneri
Forces: SATB & continuo

Source: BL Egerton MS 2466

The complete introits, graduals, tracts etc for Ash Wednesday under the old (pre-Vatican II) rite including:

Judica me Deus;
Eripe me Domine;
Invocabit me;
Angelis suis Deus;
Scapulis suis obumbrabit tibi;
Jerusalem lætare;
Lætatus sum (minus last two verses);
Misereris omnium Domine;
Miserere mei Deus quoniam in te confidit;
Misit de cælo et liberabit me; and
Adjuva nos Deus salutaris noster.

Most suitable for liturgical or concert use.

Editor: James Sanderson

Introits, graduals, tracts etc for Ash Wednesday
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Leo: Io seguir il Nume arciero
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14210 ff18r - 23v

The follower of the God of Love is regretting his decision and exhorts us to choose freedom over the chains of love! 2 recit and aria format with excellent contrast between the arias and interesting and involved recits.

Range: b flat - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Leo: IX Lezione per la Settimana Santa
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

Sources: BL Add MS 14112, Egerton MS 2466

The complete IX Lezione per la Settimana Santa ... per la Real Capella di Napoli. See the individual descriptions for details.

Editor: James Sanderson

9 Lessons for Holy Week
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Leo: Laudate pueri
Forces: alto, 2 corni, 2 oboi, violins, viola & continuo

A substantial setting of the psalm 113 from what is reputed to be an autograph source. Galant in style and virtuosic for the singer.

Source: Münster HS xy175

Range: b - d' Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Lezione del Giovedì Santo
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14112, Egerton MS 2466

The Lessons for the Thursday of Holy Week from the IX Lezione per la Settimana Santa ... per la Real Capella di Napoli. Divided primarily into the three sections, 'De lamentatione Jeremiæ prophetæ. Heth. Cogitavit Dominus disspare', 'Lamed. Matribus suis dixerunt', and 'Aleph. Ego vir videns paupertatem', the first and last for soprano, the central section for alto, each section is then subdivided into many smaller quasi-aria, arioso, and recitative sections which make up the whole, each ending with the imploring Jerusalem convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum - Jerusalem, return to your God. They are extraordinary works with great variation and some truly extraordinary invention both in terms of melody and harmony. The range, both dramatic and vocal is extraordinary.

Editor: James Sanderson

Lessons for Thursday of Holy Week
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Leo: Lezione del Mercordi Santo
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14112

The Lessons for the Wednesday of Holy Week from the IX Lezione per la Settimana Santa ... per la Real Capella di Napoli. Divided primarily into the three sections, 'Incipit lamentatio Jeremiæ Prophetæ. Aleph. Quomodo sedet sola civitas', 'Vau. Et egressus est a Filia Sion', and 'Manum suam misit hostis (missing the Ioth. at the start of the verse)', the first and last for soprano, the central section for alto, each section is then subdivided into many smaller quasi-aria, arioso, and recitative sections which make up the whole, each ending with the imploring Jerusalem convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum - Jerusalem, return to your God. They are extraordinary works with great variation and some truly plangent harmonies. This first of the three Lezione uses much variation between violoncelli and bassi.

Range (soprano): b flat - b flat''

Range (alto): G - e flat'

Editor: James Sanderson

Lessons for Wednesday of Holy Week
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Leo: Lezione del Venerdì Santo
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14112

The Lessons for Good Friday from the IX Lezione per la Settimana Santa ... per la Real Capella di Napoli. Divided primarily into the three sections, 'De lamentatione Jeremiæ Prophetæ. Heth. Misericordiæ Domini', 'Aleph, quomodo obscuratum', and 'Incipit oratio Jeremiæ Prophetæ. Recordare Domine', the first and last for soprano, the central piece for alto, each section is then subdivided into many smaller quasi-aria, arioso, and recitative sections which make up the whole, each ending with the imploring Jerusalem convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum - Jerusalem, return to your God. They are extraordinary works with great variation and some truly plangent harmonies.

Range (soprano): b flat - b flat''(sometimes in one four note phrase)

Range (alto): a - e'

Editor: James Sanderson

Lessons for the Friday of Holy Week
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Leo: Madrigale à 9 - Heu nos miseros
Forces: SSATB, SATB & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14112

Leo's moving 'Madrigale a nove' for nine part chorus is a wonderful example of the development of the 'older' style of polyphony in the first half of the 18th century.

Editor: James Sanderson

Sacred madrigal for SSATB+SATB
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Leo: Miserere a due cori
Forces: SATB, SATB & continuo

Described by Wagner as "...A mighty cathedral, sublime and magnificent..." Leo's Miserere is a complex and beautiful work which is hugely rewarding both to sing and to listen to.

Editor: James Sanderson

Miserere Mei Deus for 2 choirs
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Leo: Miserere mei Deus: quoniam in te confidit
Forces: SATB & continuo

Source: BL Egerton MS 2466

The title page describes this work as being written for the Capella Reale di Napoli in 1744 (the year of Leo's death). It is not the Psalm 50 but the gradual and tract versicle for Ash Wednesday (in 1744). Divided into three sections: Miserere mei Deus, Misit de cælo (the gradual for Ash Wednesday in 1744) and Adjuva nos, Deus salutaris noster (the tract versicle for Ash Wednesday in 1744) there is real beauty in its simplicity. See also the Misereris omnium, Domine which is the 1744 introit for Ash Wednesday.

Editor: James Sanderson

Gradual and tract for Ash Wednesday
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Leo: Misereris omnium Dominum
Forces: SATB & continuo

Source: BL Add. MS 14112

This is the first piece in a collection of music for Ash Wednesday and Holy Week, written for the Royal Chapel, Naples in 1744 (the year of Leo's death). In four sections, the work provides the introit, gradual and tract for Ash Wednesday in a sublime polyphonic setting - much beautiful harmonic movement. A stunning work.

Editor: James Sanderson

1744 introit, gradual and tract for Ash Wednesday
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Leo: Non potrei benche volessi
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add SM 14112 ff 111r - 114r

As the stream to the sea, so am I drawn to you. Thus runs the final aria and summarises this charming cantata (despite Clori's continued infedelity). Aria (Affettuoso) - recit - aria (Non presto) format.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera à soprano solo
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Leo: Oh' Dio qual duolo sia
Forces: soprano & continuo

"What sadness to be parted from the beloved" It is a beautiful example of a lontananza cantata with stunningly sinuous writing within the ARA format. The first aria has a 3-8 B section, the recit is involved and expressive and the final aria is a wealth of beautiful music.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Leo: Oimè, che veggio?
Forces: soprano & continuo

The pain of betrayal and the anguish it causes is the theme of the first part of this delightful cantata. The sobbing of the affettuoso aria is beautiful. The second half of the cantata, however, sees our young man in a fury! His long recit and final 'rage' aria (with its contrasting 3/2 middle section) are a piece of virtuosic writing of the first order.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Leo: Or ch'è dal sol difesa
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL Add 31618

In this delightful pastoral cantata, Angelica dallies in the fields and love is compared to all the flowers, but don't forget the thorns which also come with the most beautiful roses! The trials and tribulations of love in aria - recit - aria format.

Range: c# - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à soprano solo con violini
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Leo: Or che barbara sorte
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL MS Add 14210 ff 10r - 17r

In classic two recit and aria format with some wicked chromatic shifts in the recits, the lover bemoans the cruelty of Fate which has parted him from his beloved.

Range: c - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Leo: Pianger vidi appresso al fonte
Forces: soprano & continuo

With a sorrowful image of the shepherdess weeping near the fountain, hand on heart, the erstwhile lover claims that if she were with him she would have no cause to complain! ARA format, both arias wonderfully plaintive.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2358

Range: d - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Leo: Piansero Eurilla mia
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14210 ff 2r - 9v

A gentle and loving story of a man abandoned in the woods (amongst flowers and verdant fields, of course) by his beloved Eurilla. Still he loves her - your blond hair, your white hands, your faithfulness(!). 2 recits (both quite large and complicated) and 2 arias (moderato and allegro with a slower(?) reflective middle section in triple time).

Range: d - g''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Leo: Praebe Virgo benignas aures
Forces: soprano, obligato organ & continuo

An extraordinary work written for the unusual combination of soprano and obligato organ. Both parts are virtuosic, the vocal part being particularly challenging. In ARAR format it may have been meant to stand alone or as an introduction to another, larger, liturgical work.

Source: Münster Santini HS 2351

Range: e - c''

Editor: James Sanderson

Communio for soprano and organ
£5.95
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